Conference highlights East of England’s commitment to net zero

Kevin Bentley standing and presenting at an event. Three people sitting in the background.

MPs, council leaders and private sector figures came together at the East of England’s 2023 Net Zero conference to highlight the region’s unique opportunities and challenges to becoming net zero.

Hosted by The East of England Local Government Association (EELGA), in support with Transport East, England’s Economic Heartland and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), discussions focused on how investment to deliver net zero ambitions could be achieved.

Topics ranged from showcasing innovation throughout the region, decarbonisation in freight and aviation, accelerating electric vehicle infrastructure and more.

Within the 2023 Net Zero Conference, commitments were made to ensure momentum on delivering the net zero agenda is maintained throughout all parties and organisations. EELGA brings together all 50 of the East of England’s local authorities to provide a unified voice and works with partners and stakeholders to support on matters including climate change.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of Transport East and Leader of Essex County Council, said:

“Transport in the East is responsible for over 40% of carbon emissions, and while there is action at all levels across the East, we need to build momentum to achieve net zero. Cleaner, greener transport will unlock new skilled jobs as well as improve our health, communities and environment. As part of the Transport East Strategy, recognised by the Department for Transport earlier this year, we aim to decarbonise transport to net zero by 2040.

“This conference shows delivering net zero ambitions is a priority shared by us all, from councils to communities and businesses across the East of England.”

The 2023 Net Zero conference took place on 20 September at Homerton College, Cambridge.

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